Richard Rodgers is in his fifth year on the Crusader coaching staff in 2009, and his fourth year as defensive coordinator. During Holy Cross’ six conference games in 2008, Rodgers directed a unit which ranked second in the Patriot League in scoring defense (20.5 points per game) and total defense (318.7 yards per game). In addition, four Crusaders earned All-Patriot League honors on the defensive side of the ball in 2008.
In 2006, Rodgers’ defense ranked second in the conference overall in scoring defense (21.4 points per game) and passing defense (176.0 yards per game). He was also instrumental in the development of cornerback Casey Gough, who was a three-time All-Patriot League selection from 2005-2007.
Rodgers came to the Crusaders from New Mexico State University, where he spent four years working with the secondary. During Rodgers’ time at New Mexico State, the Aggies improved from 87th to 40th in the nation in total defense. New Mexico State totaled 45 interceptions during his four years as secondary coach, while lowering its passing yardage allowed during each of his final three seasons. Among the players he coached at New Mexico State was All-Sun Belt Conference cornerback Tony Lukins.
Previously, Rodgers spent four seasons at Portland State University, where he coached the cornerbacks and special teams, in addition to serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. During the 2000 season, Rodgers helped lead Portland State to an overall record of 8-4 and a trip to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. He also coached two All-Big Sky Conference performers during his time with the Vikings.
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Rodgers also spent two years as an assistant coach at San Jose State University, working with the secondary and special teams. In addition, Rodgers coached for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1998, and was a coaching intern with the Oakland Raiders in 1996. He began his coaching career at Diablo Valley Community College.
Rodgers is an 1992 graduate of the University of California, where he was a two-time second team All Pacific-10 Conference selection from 1980-1984. He was the special teams captain for the Golden Bears for three seasons, and called “The Play” in the huddle to defeat Stanford in 1982. Rodgers was the second and fourth player to handle the ball on the famed five-lateral last play touchdown return. He also played professionally in both the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
Rodgers has three children (Kayla, Richard and Christopher).
Rodgers' Collegiate Coaching File Years School Position 1989-1994 Diablo Valley C.C. Assistant Coach 1995-1996 San Jose State Secondary Coach 1997-2000 Portland State Secondary / Special Teams Coach 2001-2004 New Mexico State Secondary Coach 2005 Holy Cross Secondary Coach 2006-2009 Holy Cross Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach